"Gold that's put to use more gold begets." -Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis
We're borrowing the Bard's words as a reminder that our Context Semi-Annual Sale ends tomorrow! Let your gold beget the gold of enriching travel with 15% off any Context tours.
The magnificent Rubens took up Shakespeare's same subject in this 17th century canvas of the doomed lovers. Per Ovid's Metamorphosis (8 A.D.), Venus—accidentally nicked by one of Cupid's arrows—falls in love with the dashing but doomed Adonis. Here, Rubens captures the moment of their final farewell, as Adonis ignores Venus' warnings and leaves on his fateful hunt for wild boar. It's the height of drama (in typical Rubens fashion): look at the tension in Venus' splayed fingers, clutching the arm of her lover.
Unlike Rubens' Adonis—whose face, recent studies tell us, was altered after its original painting to show a less foreboding expression—we don't have any need to fret: there are still (nearly) 48 glorious hours left of our sale. Link in bio for details.
🎨 Venus and Adonis by Peter Paul Rubens (mid 1630s), at The Met Fifth Avenue; Opening quote from William Shakespeare's epic Venus and Adonis (lines 767-768).
Jennifer McChristian @jennifermcchristian from The United States 🇺🇸 ranks #5 , after accumulating 31 awards across these two competitions: BoldBrush Contest @BoldBrush (10-year of history 2009-2018) + Raymar Art Painting Competition @raymarart (7-year of history 2009-2015). Over this period, more than 150,000 paintings were submitted, resulting in 2,990 Awards given to 1,176 Award Winning Artists. Discover all the Top Artists and Rising Stars across the most prestigious Art Competitions @ARTDATAintel
Senior year of high school, millions of years ago, one of our assignments was to paint a mask showing how we feel. Mine was inspired by this Jackson Pollock painting. I was literally the ONLY person in class who didn’t paint a mask of an actual face. I splattered paint everywhere and made a massive mess. I thought I was sooooo art lol. But it was perfect for me. I had so much mixed emotion over graduating, being separated from my friends, leaving home for college and all those 17 year old teen feels of “ahh wtf am I doing, why is life so confusing and crazy?!”. The colors, dynamic movement and energy of this immediately stood out to me and it seemed like the only way to express myself at the time. Everytime I see this in person I just feel so nostalgic and smiley. It’s funny because I still feel those same, “ahh wtf am I doing, why is life so confusing and crazy?!” But now, I’m (almost) really good with that and excited for everything that lies ahead.
“Autumn Rhythm (Number 30)” by Jackson Pollock, 1950